Doris Duke’s Extraordinary Vision

Various wooden trims on display

Saving 18th Century Newport
In creating the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke had a simple plan: to purchase dilapidated 18th-century homes and completely restore them from top to bottom. The NRF would maintain the houses and rent them as private living spaces. This model of “living preservation” was groundbreaking in the field of historic preservation. Saving 83 properties was an undertaking on a scale that has never been repeated. This exhibition looked at the work of the NRF, the houses saved, and the work of preservation by NRF today.